“Internal monologue, also known as inner voice, internal speech, or verbal stream of consciousness is thinking in words. It also refers to the semi-constant internal monologue some people have with themselves at a conscious or semi-conscious level (see Default mode network).”
[Description when ‘inner voice’ is Google-searched]
Why do we have an inner voice? Furthermore, why are we able to SEE IMAGERY inside our mind? Why were we created in such a way that we can imagine a picture when closing our eyes that is different than what is physically in front of us?
As I ponder, I experiment with my inner and outer vision…
eyes open looking at my current bedroom,
eyes closed I envision my dream bedroom…
I can almost imagine that dream bedroom in my mind with my eyes open, but it is a bit more challenging.
To observe detail in my mind’s picture, I must take time to seek out and describe to myself each piece of the vision. How does the room smell? What is the temperature? Is there a breeze? What does the furniture look and feel like? I remember to visualize MYSELF in the room. Seeing myself there can be challenging.
As I researched this inner voice, I was led to the “Default Mode Network”
“Here we synthesize past observations to provide strong evidence that the default network is a specific, anatomically defined brain system preferentially active when individuals are not focused on the external environment” (this explains why it’s easier to “see” your inner vision with your eyes shut – as you are naturally less focused on your external environment).
The Harvard research study goes on to explain, “Providing insight into function, the default network is active when individuals are engaged in internally focused tasks including autobiographical memory retrieval, envisioning the future, and conceiving the perspectives of others.”
I enjoy learning about all belief systems. I especially enjoy recognizing the universal truths that present themselves repeatedly in each of them. There is one belief system interpretation that instructs believers to always be content in the present; to accept one’s current circumstances as final, never looking for more or different. I would argue that every religion at one time or another has been manipulated by a people-group to oppress another people-group. In these situations, the faith principles are twisted from their pure original interpretation and manipulated in order to oppress those that the powerful (usually synonymous with rich) wish to control, and in turn, gain from.
So when I reflect on this mindset of accepting things just how they are and finding contentment in that, I wonder if the people who were at the top of the caste system developed this belief system to keep the majority (at the bottom) right where they were. I interpret this truth to mean ‘have peace with where you are now, so that your mind may actually rest with your inner voice, which will then lead you to your desired and purposed future’. To have peace in the present moment is different than accepting the present moment as the final destination. In the Bible it says to constantly set your mind on things above; things that are good, pure and true. It says that God knows the plans He has for us – plans of a future and a hope. Why would God bring up the future if the present is the whole story?
And why do we have this ability to envision in our minds something that is not actually in front of us? Why are we able to dream while we are asleep? I’ve often wondered why it’s even possible to have dreams in the night. Perhaps it is to reveal to us that we can have dreams during the day, too. Or maybe there are times when our chatter-mind is so busy worrying, fretting, and focusing on the present, God must wait until our inner voice is turned off during slumber to reach us, reminding us of the things that matter. What we do with that message when we awake will determine the condition of our world.
What if our inner vision is a reminder not to limit our current reality and instead partner with our Creator to manifest the world we see in our dreams? What if half the fun wasn’t worrying about how you were going to get there but just agreeing to go on the adventure? If man did not pursue dreams there would be no advancement, no improvement, no development.
When I was driving from New York back to Oregon I crossed the Fort Pitt Bridge. The bridge crosses over the river, creating an access way from downtown Pittsburg to the Fort Pitt tunnel; a gigantic hole in the middle of Mt. Washington. I imagine most of the settlers looked at that mountainside and saw a stone rock-face that seemed unbreakable; then someone came along and saw an opportunity for a shortcut.
The Secret discusses manifestation of our thoughts and feelings. This aligns with the contentment principle. If we FEEL depressed, unhappy, and sorrowful – this will be our reality. If we learn to have peace in the present moment, looking forward with the hopes and dreams that are in our hearts – THIS will be our reality.
A friend brought up a great question to ponder: when someone has a thought or feeling of something going wrong, and then it comes to pass, is this an intuitive premonition of something that was going to happen no matter what, or is it the fearful thought manifesting because of one’s dwelling on it?
Years ago, I was dating a man, who up to that point, was the greatest love of my life. He had struggled with addiction, sought help, obtained sobriety for almost a year, and then relapsed. Before I knew that he was using again, three different nights I awoke from a nightmare that he had relapsed. Crying desperately in a fierce panic, I would wake him up, telling of the horror of this nightmare. He would comfort me, reassuring that it was just a bad dream and everything was okay. Turns out my intuition knew the truth, and I was having these nightmares after he had already relapsed. The red flags were present for about a month prior to my finding out, but he always had a legitimate explanation for each. In this case, he was using WHILE I had my intuitive insight, so I did not manifest this through my fears. Later, I asked him what he thought when I would have these nightmares. He told me that he thought I was psychic and he couldn’t believe I knew, even though I didn’t know.
There is a well-known scripture that says, “Ye, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for You are with me.” I personally believe there are shadow periods in our life that provide the opportunity for us to believe for the best or for the worst. Just as the sun is still shining even when clouds block its rays, the Truth stands regardless of circumstance. In this regard, when walking through a “valley of a SHADOW of death” (not actual death, but something that would lead you to believe death is near), we have the choice to go back to the Truth that we live by and speak dominion and strength over that situation, or we can take the bait. When our fear overcomes our faith, we stew over our worries, focusing on all that can go wrong. Our abundance mindset is now shifted to a scarcity mindset and eventually we manifest the shadow into existence.
Our ability to imagine through our inner-mind allows us to create our own heaven or our own hell. When did worry ever solve a problem? Action solves problems based on logical or intuitive warnings. Worry is a symptom that should not linger for a long period of time. If your world is filled with worry you are believing the shadow of the valley of death over the voice of victory; and chances are, you’ll attract everything you fear. The Universe says “Yes, and amen” to what we think, regardless of whether the thought is positive or negative.
May we embrace our inner mind, spending more time there imagining the very greatest potential. Dream up a life that you love. Refuse to take the bait when trials present themselves. Go find a victorious promise you can stand on; set your sights there until the storm has passed, and enjoy the rainbow reminding us that we are not alone. The Grand Adventurer is waiting…
Related: When the Voice Inside is Lying